Twenty years ago, Ronald Takaki pointed out what gets left out of debates about the atomic bomb: race. Dive deep into Ronald Takaki’s Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb Tag: Author of a Different Mirror. Ronald T. Takaki, Author Little Brown and Company $28 (p) ISBN.

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I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children. A professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Takaki has published much on multiculturalism and ethnicity, especially hirosima terms of American history; his earlier works include Strangers from a Different Shore and A Different Mirror.

Edit History Tags Source. Aug 28, Christina Gagliano rated it liked it. Hal Johnson rated it liked it Nov 22, Mar 10, B rated it really liked it.

John rated it really liked it Feb 24, The book is but pages in length, in the paperback that I read, so some hirosnima the topics could be delved into in more length.


In his probing new study, prizewinning historian Ronald Takaki explores these factors and more. Might change tkaki mind about the reasons we dropped the bomb. There are times when you think that he is presenting a particular point of view, then see that he has presented many sides of the long and complex process of what went into the fateful decision.

Takaki portrays government leaders as highly concerned with using their new weapon to frighten Stalin, keep the Soviet Union out of the Pacific theater, and demonstrate American power. Takaki shows that the atomic bombings grew out of a psychology of mass destruction, fueled by a loathing for Japan tinged with racism; this led to massive firebombings of Tokyo and Yokohama that claimed tens of thousands of Japanese lives.


Full of primary source references and well written.

Sep 08, Becky rated it it was amazing. He debunks the idea that using the bomb would have saved hundreds of thousands of American’s lives and that the Japanese were not willing to surrender.

The first and last chapter can be seen almost as a prologue and epilogue to the event, giving context and closure to the figures mentioned. The Lessons of Hiroshima Roundup: In the end, he doesn’t break any new ground, but he does do a good job at making an easy to read summary.

Published Hlroshima 1st by Back Bay Books first published Paperbackpages. Truman that the enemy was already prepared to surrender, asking only for the retention of the emperor. Jul 05, Kelsey rated it it was amazing.

Something does not work as expected? The history of this world-shattering event offers us lessons on war, race, leadership, reason, judgment, and the importance of cross-cultural understanding.

Jose Manuel rated it it was amazing Jan 05, I’m not exactly usually a fan of non-fiction, but I found this book to be a very interesting read. The author had many great sources and helpful quotes which he used to explain the background behind the bombing of Hiroshima.

Even hidoshima someone who typically does not read many history books, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the complexity of this critical decision. Once the Soviets declared war, in early Augustthe Japanese surrender negotiated and conditional, after all, in that the emperor was permitted to survive was rapidly forthcoming.


Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb by Ronald Takaki

Books by Ronald Takaki. Feb 08, Emily Taylor is currently reading it. Add a new page. Brian rated it liked it Aug 03, Though I felt I knew a fair amount about the topic, I learned quite hirowhima bit from Takaki’s book.

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Daniela rated it really liked it Jun 16, I’m not much on non fiction but well worth the time. He considers the cultural context of race – the ways in which stereotypes of the Japanese influenced public opinion and policymakers – and also probes the human dimension.

Takaki pushes me out of my little fiction cocoon.

Sep 10, Brendan McAuliffe rated it did not like it. Lists with This Book.

HIROSHIMA by Ronald Takaki | Kirkus Reviews

There was a problem adding your email address. Michael Walzer’s review of this book says it all. Was the bomb dropped to end tkaaki war more quickly? Takaki looks with special emphasis at the tense negotiations of the Potsdam Conference to demonstrate the crucial place that nuclear technology occupied in dealings between the U.